740.0011 EW/4–3045: Telegram

The Minister in Sweden (Johnson) to the Secretary of State

1606. British Minister having received instructions in all essential points identic to those in your 782, April 28, 8 p.m.,7 we called together at 12:30 this morning on Foreign Minister Günther and saw him and Mr. Boheman together. Mr. Günther’s reaction to the request for staff talks as outlined in your telegram was immediately favorable. It was necessary to consult the Government Mr. Günther said but he believed the reply would be favorable.

I received a telephone call from Mr. Boheman at 2:15 saying that the answer to our démarche is in the affirmative and that the Swedish Government would appreciate our taking action to follow it up as quickly as possible. He suggested that the arrival of the officers who may be sent by General Eisenhower be as unobtrusive as possible and that the Swedish Government would prefer them to be in civilian clothes.

  1. See telegram Noweg 22, April 30, 9 p.m., to the Ambassador to the Norwegian Government in Exile, infra.